Painting by Kida Kinjoro
The ocean is full of chagrin
Messages in bottles, rivers of tears,
Shards and splinters, sharp-faceted sorrows,
Gathered by kindly currents,
Washed by the waves smooth as silk,
Opaque as sea mists,
And left by the tide in gem-stone rock pools
For us to find and cradle in gentle hands.
So much bitter-sweetness in a piece of glass,
Such treasure distilled from faded grief.